A Gadget for the Garden?
|Tagging the ash tree in my front garden using the Ash Tag app|
I love blogging about gardening, but that does set up a conflict - it can keep me away from the the place I write about. A compromise I've tried - and failed with so far - is to work in the garden.
So I was interested when I was lent the pictured tablet for a while last year to see if it fared better than my botched attempts with my laptop.
There are a couple of design features in its favour - the ports have covers, which protect them from dust and grime, plus it's waterproof. Like all gadgets of this nature it has a much longer battery life than my laptop, so potentially I could stay in the garden all day - well, about 8 hours - if I wanted. It's also a lot lighter to carry around.
So far, so good... but how did I actually get on?
On the plus side, it was perfect for using apps like the pictured Ash Tag, particularly because pictures taken with the tablet could be uploaded directly into the app. Picture quality is good, though of course it can't match most cameras. However, I've found using the website version of the app + loading camera pictures is a bit fiddly, so overall the tablet had the slight edge for this task.
It also proved useful when visiting NAH's aunt. She had some mystery plants to identify, but no internet connection or books to hand. I was able to whip out the tablet and confirm the mystery packet of seeds she'd planted were wallflowers, not the sweet williams she thought they were. NB this was using a 3G connection, I wasn't able to test the 4G connectivity claimed for this product.
I didn't really test the tablet's waterproof claims, but the odd splash from a passing shower didn't pose a problem. Besides, I don't really see blogging in the rain taking off as a new activity for me.
The main drawback with using this outside is the screen glare. The top picture was taken on a dull day and you can see there's still quite a lot of reflection. Therefore, my dreams of being able to work comfortably outside remain thwarted.
This is a great tablet with features (and price) which place it in the upper part of the market. It has a relatively good camera compared to its rivals and good sound quality. Its features make it easier to use in the garden than most, but for me that wouldn't make it the reason for buying one.
Having said that, guess what Santa bought me for Christmas :)
Disclosure: I was lent a Sony Xperia Tablet Z with a Vodaphone connection for a couple of weeks and received no other benefits for writing this review.